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Minimum of two numbers in Python

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  • Last Updated : 17 May, 2020
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Given two numbers, write a Python code to find the Minimum of these two numbers.

Examples:

Input: a = 2, b = 4
Output: 2

Input: a = -1, b = -4
Output: -4

Method #1: This is the naive approach where we will compare the numbers using if-else statement and will print the output accordingly.

Example:




# Python program to find the
# minimum of two numbers
  
  
def minimum(a, b):
      
    if a <= b:
        return a
    else:
        return b
      
# Driver code
a = 2
b = 4
print(minimum(a, b))

Output:

2

Method #2: Using min() function

This function is used to find the minimum of the values passed as its arguments.

Example:




# Python program to find the
# minimum of two numbers
  
  
a = 2
b = 4
  
minimum = min(a, b)
print(minimum)

Output:

2
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